Toronto’s busted bar no longer a Dragon’s Den

Message to the defiantly unmasked

Dragons’ Den regular Michele Romanow pulled her investment in the downtown Toronto nightclub Goldie, which had its liquor licence suspended after charges that between 125 and 150 people allegedly entered through a back door. Face masks are now mandatory in indoor spaces in the city, but dining remains a matter of patios.


Baseball with a closed border

The schedule for the 60-date Toronto Blue Jays season notes that the location of the home games are “TBD.” While training camp opened at the Rogers Centre, 12 players remain in Dunedin, Florida, where one tested positive for COVID-19. At least the likely NHL scenario of bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto involves no border crossing.


A list of the loaded weapons carried by the Canadian Armed Forces member arrested on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Further details have added to speculation about the intentions behind the breach. Corey Hurren had previously been portrayed as an unlikely suspect for the long list of charges, which include uttering a threat against the PM.


Tales of a gaming workplace

Maxime Béland, the editorial vice-president at the Toronto office of video game maker Ubisoft, resigned following allegations of assault that circulated on social media. The claim that Béland choked a female employee during a launch party coincided with other stories of sexual misconduct by managers:


Amy Cooper was charged with filing a false police report. The pandemic-era symbol of all “Karens” lost her job after the Central Park confrontation, but can still count on clickbait for having graduated from University of Waterloo. Further details of Cooper’s past are elusive, but a comparison factored in the fall of Jessica Mulroney.


CBC mornings unwrapped

It was October 24 when Matt Galloway announced his move to The Current, leaving Metro Morning, the top-rated CBC local show, without an official replacement for the first half of 2020. The show’s new host, Ismalia Alfa had, been working in Winnipeg, where he rose through the CBC ranks after many years around that city’s hip-hop scene:


Quibi can’t stop creating the wrong kind of content. New York’s feature on debacles surrounding the short-video app offered more grist for hating the ways of Hollywood. But beneficiaries of its vast expenditure can’t complain: Will Arnett has followed his Canadian kitsch Memory Hole with a cartoon series starring the signs of the zodiac.


Finally, when you still ain’t big

Rufus Wainwright is about to release his delayed new album, Unfollow the Rules, some 22 years after initial press attention due to being the son of two singer-songwriters and being unapologetically gay. Left feeling that his popularity never lived up to the hype, Wainwright sees it as one last chance to be the pop avatar of Generation X: